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Latest Proposal from European Parliament Suggests Significant Change to the Way EU Calculates Anti-dumping Tariffs

17 Nov 2017

The European Parliament has proposed significant changes to the way in which anti-dumping tariffs are calculated. The latest draft position from the European Parliament specifies that EU investigators...Read More

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EU Re-imposes Definitive Anti-dumping Duties on A Number of Shoe Exporters

17 Nov 2017

On 31 October 2017, the EU re-imposed definitive anti-dumping duties on shoe imports from Vietnam and mainland China for four company groups, for the period 2006-2011. These duties had been annulled b...Read More

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RoHS Law Amendment Published, Exempting Cadmium-based Quantum Dots for Use in Display Lighting Applications, but for Limited Period Only

17 Nov 2017

On 31 October 2017, a new law which amends Directive 2011/65/EU, more commonly known as the “RoHS 2” Directive, was published in the EU’s Official Journal. Hong Kong sellers of electrical and electron...Read More

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Anti-dumping Actions

17 Nov 2017

Crystalline silicon photovoltaic modules or panels and cells of the type used in crystalline silicon photovoltaic modules or panels (the cells have a thickness not exceeding 400 micrometres), consigne...Read More

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Official Journal Summary

17 Nov 2017

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/2058 of 10 November 2017 amending Implementing Regulation (EU) 2016/6 imposing special conditions governing the import of feed and food originating in or c...Read More

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European Union: Market Profile

15 Nov 2017

The EU economy has demonstrated resilience as it maintains the course of growth and job creation. Overall, the EU economy is set to expand by a faster pace in 2017 and 2018. This steady expansion shou...Read More

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Brexit Survey: UK Businesses Already Targetting Non-EU Markets

10 Nov 2017

On 21 September 2017, during the course of the Think Asia, Think Hong Kong event in London, HKTDC Research conducted interviews with representatives of 77 British companies with regard to their Brexit...Read More

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Imports Can Retroactively Qualify for Reduced Anti-dumping Duty Rate, According to EU’s Highest Court

3 Nov 2017

Hong Kong traders may like to take note of a recent judgment of the European Court of Justice, in which it considered that importers should be allowed to retroactively demonstrate to national customs ...Read More

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UK Government Publishes Brexit Policy Paper on Trade and Customs Arrangements

3 Nov 2017

On 9 October 2017, the UK government published a policy paper on its trade and customs arrangements leading up to and after Brexit. Notably, the government announced that it will develop its own trade...Read More

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EU Pushes Forward with Future Anti-dumping Rules, While Mainland China Claims that Rules Still Breach EU’s WTO Obligations

3 Nov 2017

Subsequent to the informal agreement on the EU’s new anti-dumping methodology which was struck between negotiators from the European Parliament and EU ministers on 3 October 2017, mainland China claim...Read More

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French Association Fighting Against Built-in Obsolescence Lodges Complaint Against Several Printer Manufacturers

3 Nov 2017

A French association whose mission is to fight against built-in obsolescence (Halte à l’obsolescence programmée) lodged a complaint against a number of printer manufacturers on the grounds that they h...Read More

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European Commission Introduces New Mandatory Car Emissions Tests

3 Nov 2017

On 31 August 2017, the European Commission announced that, as of 1 September 2017, new car models must pass a set of new and allegedly more reliable emissions tests before they can be released on Euro...Read More

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European Consumer Organisation Calls for Ambitious EU Rules to Prevent Toxic Chemicals Entering the Circular Economy

3 Nov 2017

Hong Kong traders may be interested to learn that, on 7 August 2017, the Bureau Européen des Unions de Consommateurs (“BEUC”), a leading EU consumer group, issued its response to a European Commission...Read More

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Anti-dumping Actions

3 Nov 2017

On 26 October 2017, the Official Journal published a notice of the impending expiry of anti-dumping measures targeting the import of ironing boards from the Chinese mainland. The Commission has given ...Read More

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Official Journal Summary

3 Nov 2017

Notice of the impending expiry of certain anti-dumping measures....Read More

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EU Secures Compromise Proposal on Reform of New Anti-dumping Rules: New Rules Expected to Enter into Force on 1 January 2018

20 Oct 2017

On 3 October 2017, negotiators from the European Parliament and the Council of Member States’ ministers sealed a deal on the new EU methodology to combat dumping from third countries. In the latest co...Read More

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European E-bicycle Market Continues to Boom: Sharp Increase in EU Imports of E-bicycles Will Likely Lead to Anti-dumping and Anti-subsidy Investigations Against Mainland China

20 Oct 2017

Over the last five years, imports of electric bicycles (e-bicycles) into the EU have risen sharply, underlining the growing popularity of such bicycles. This conclusion was reached on the basis of the...Read More

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European Commission Launches New “Trade Helpdesk” Which Hong Kong Businesses Can Use for Exports to the EU

20 Oct 2017

On 26 September 2017, the European Commission launched the new “Trade Helpdesk”, aimed at helping businesses looking to export their products to the EU market. The updated platform would thus be a “on...Read More

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Chemicals Agency Launches Webpage Offering Information on the Implications of the UK’s Withdrawal from the EU, On the EU’s Regulatory Regimes and Chemicals Legislation

20 Oct 2017

On 25 September 2017, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) published a new section on its website, providing information on the impact of the withdrawal of the UK from the EU, as well as advice to bus...Read More

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Online Sellers of Electrical and Electronic Equipment Become Focus of WEEE Workshop, with Recommendations for Future Obligations to Avoid “Free-riding”

20 Oct 2017

On 13 September 2017, a workshop gathering more than 80 delegates from 12 different countries evaluated the impact of the waste electrical and electronic (WEEE) legislative framework on the compliance...Read More

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